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Dil Raju responds to plagiarism allegations against Balagam

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Telangana writer Satish Gaddam claimed the film was based on a story he had published in a local daily, Pachchiki (Bird Offering).

Producer Dil Raju’s film Balagam is accused of plagiarism by a young Telangana writer and journalist.

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Producer Dil Raju and his latest film Balagam (directed by debutant Venu Yeldandi) are accused of plagiarism by young Telangana writer and journalist Satish Gaddam. He claimed the film was based on a story Pachchiki (Bird Offer) which he had published in a local daily.

In the complaint, the author asked the production team to recognize his rights and give him due credit as the original author of the film. In conversations with the author, the producers and director assured him of the opportunity to work on their future productions, while refusing to add his name to Balgam’s credits for the film, sources said.

Satish Gaddam rejected their offer and told a news conference that he was determined to turn to the courts if his demands were not met.

Satish Gadam at a press conference.

While the film’s writer-director, Venu Yeldandi, did not return calls and messages seeking answers to the allegations, producer Dil Raju said through his media representatives that while he felt strongly that his films were very different from short stories, he I am willing to look at the grievances of young writers with a sympathetic eye. Producer Dil Raju also held a press conference to discuss the film’s promotion strategy, but did not mention the controversy at all.

Balagam’s producer, Dil Raju, called a press conference but made no mention of the controversy.

Balagam opened in theaters on Friday to critical acclaim across Telugu.

Director Venu Yeldandi refuted the plagiarism allegations at a press conference today.

“It’s a general situation and a general sentiment. No one can claim copyright on it because thousands of stories can be created around it,” Venu said, citing the titles of some Indian and foreign films made around death.

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